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Road accidents claim 128 lives in Plateau

19 January 2014, 15:30

Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Jos, on Sunday, said 128 lives were lost in road accidents in the state in 2013.

The Sector Commander in the state, Mr Sunday Maku, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Maku said the deaths were recorded in 325 accidents in the state during the period under review, adding that a total of 891 persons sustained injuries in the accidents.

He added that road accidents in the state increased in 2013 from the 2012 record of 238 cases, where 65 people died and 657 sustained injuries.

The sector commander said 4,934 802 traffic offenders were arrested in 2013 as against 4,802 arrested in 2012.

He attributed the increase in road accidents in the state in 2013 to motorists’ refusal to adhere to traffic regulations.

He said that cases of reckless driving, speeding, overloading were rampant during the period under review, noting that the state also recorded high influx of vehicles during the year.

He, however, assured that the command would do its best to control the situation, saying it would intensify its enlightenment programmes through the Churches and Mosques.

"We will introduce a new approach to our campaigns against road accidents by visiting worship centres as against motor parks only," he said.



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